Saturday, February 9, 2013

Curdled Milk Candy from Ahuachapan, El Salvador

"La Asuncion" Church
The annual festivities in Ahuachapan take place on the second week of February, and are called the "Sweet Name of Jesus". Ahuachapan was originally founded in the 500's by the Pokomame Indians, but was not declared a city by the Spaniards until 1869.

Tower in Plaza Concordia


The curdled milk candy you can find in El Salvador is only made in the department of Ahuachapan; there it is known as "Dulce de Bodoque".  It was probably brought to El Salvador by the Spaniards in the colonial period, around the 1600's, as similar versions are also made in Guatemala, Peru, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.

Recipe (from Comida Tipica, by Vilma G. de Escobar)
6 eggs
1 liter of milk
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cylinder of solid brown cane sugar (panela), grated
2 tablespoons of lime juice
grated zest of 1 lime
3 cinnamon sticks
Panela, hard brown sugar
 Place all ingredients, except for the cinnamon sticks in a blender and mix well. Pour into a wide and tall pot, and bring to a boil. Do not move the liquid. Let it simmer for about an hour. By this time, you can move it a little bit if you need to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
 Usually it doesn't burn, but once in a while a few pieces might. When most of the liquid has disappeared, the candy will be ready, and its consistency will have become stickier and more solid.
Dulce de Bodoque next to coffee beans and ground coffee


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